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Niklas Hjalmarsson activated by Blackhawks

Defenseman missed four games with upper-body injury @NHLdotcom

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson was activated from injured reserve Wednesday.

Hjalmarsson missed four games with an upper-body injury, the most he's missed because of injury since the 2011-12 season. He was placed on injured reserve Feb. 28, retroactive to Feb. 23.

Hjalmarsson, 29, has 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 60 games this season; the five goals are an NHL career high. He is third in the NHL with 156 blocked shots.

The Blackhawks' next play the Anaheim Ducks at United Center on Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET; CSN-CH, KCOP-13, NHL.TV).

Selected in the fourth round (No. 108) of the 2005 NHL Draft, Hjalmarsson has 139 points (23 goals, 116 assists) in 610 games, all with the Blackhawks. He has 28 points (two goals, 26 assists) in 124 Stanley Cup Playoff games and was a member of Chicago's Cup-winning teams in 2010, 2013 and 2015.

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